October 20, 2017 Subject:
My only comment is that the very nice engine on display at the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Ga. has only 2 large heavy pieces of the original under carriage, the rest of this handsome engine is the result of many make overs since 1862.
My various readings on the topic of this engine indicates that during the 1850+ era of locomotives in the South that names were given to the engines, such a 'General' 'Texas' etc.
That was what was in place during the Great Locomotive Chase.
The engine was partly destroyed to keep it out of Federal hands at the end of the war. It was rebuilt, later put into service by a railroad and given the number 39, which was just the next number assigned as there were 38 locomotives already in that railroads inventory.
Later it went to a different railroad where it was given the number 3 indicating that it was the 3rd oldest of that railroads engines.
The number 3 is on the General to this day, but it had no association with the engine of the 1862 chase, that engine bore no number, just the name 'General'.
While the engine on display is indeed a great looking engine it is not the 'General' of the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase (except it seems, for 2 large heavy parts of the undercarriage).